I have been really looking forward to blogging Ariane and David's wedding! I think that South Devon has some of the loveliest areas, and I have loved the various weddings that I've photographed around there.
Ariane and David's ceremony was at beautiful Bigbury, followed by celebrations at the stunning Cliff House at Salcombe. Ariane is a talented illustrator (see her work here) and it was really lovely to see the artistic touches evident in the decoration and details in everything at the wedding. Ariane did actually say that her clever father played the main part in all the amazing table decorations - I love the ink rimmed milk bottles and the bunches of gypsophila everywhere - clearly a very artistic family! The white and grey theme was elegant and understated, creating a really beautiful backdrop for their wedding celebrations.
Although they both live in London, Ariane and David met surfing in the south west, so a seaside Devon celebration was the perfect way to tie the knot. Cliff House in Salcombe is a gorgeous venue: huge windows overlooking the Kingsbridge estuary and out to sea, a lovely bright space indoors and a really relaxed feel. Ariane's family are German, so there was a multicultural feel to the celebrations, including some brilliant traditional German games for the bride and groom and translations for some of the speeches! It was a real pleasure to photograph Ariane and David's wedding - just a beautiful, relaxed, seaside celebration, and I hope that you enjoy this selection of their wedding photos...
There was no photography allowed at all during the ceremony, so there is a little gap in the proceedings here. You will have to imagine the look on David's face as he saw Ariane, and the lovely moments when they whispered to each other during the ceremony. The solemn faces of the lovely little flower girls as they walked up the aisle. The way that Ariane and David held hands together at the front of the church. The emotion as they said their vows and exchanged rings. Their self conscious first kiss as husband and wife in front of all their friends and family. It was beautiful.
Then it was on to Cliff House at Salcombe for some celebrations. Stand by for some of the loveliest wedding details I have had the pleasure of photographing! Can't overstate how much I love these table decorations...
David apparently has a particular dislike of bunting... so Ariane kindly created some Mr & Mrs flags especially to decorate their chairs ;)
Ariane and David had a pudding instead of a wedding cake. It was one of my favourite moments when the master of ceremonies announced "Ladies and gentlemen, the bride and groom are now going to cut the, er, wedding pudding!". Brilliant!
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